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this is bbc news. i'm annita mcveigh. the headlines at four: the australia cricket captain steve smith has been banned for one match by cricket's ruling body — the icc — over the ball tampering scandal. the australian prime minister says he's shocked and disappointed. it seemed completely beyond belief that the australian cricket team have been involved in cheating. after all, our cricketers are role models. catalonia's former president carles puigdemont is arrested in germany after crossing the borderfrom denmark. an extra 3,000 midwives are to be trained in england — to ease staff shortages and improve care. in the next hour: france remembers the police officer and three other people killed in the terror attack on friday. a memorial service has been held in the tiny southern french town of trebes — led by the bishop of carcassonne. a new series of paintings and sculptures by damien hirst go
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on show for the first time at houghton hall in norfolk. and in half an hour: sex, lies and murder on the high seas — we took a look at new evidence shedding light on the porthole mystery. good afternoon and welcome to bbc news. the australia cricket captain steve smith has been given a one match ban and fined 100% of his match fee, after admitting he knew about a plan to tamper with a ball during a test match. batsman cameron bancroft has also been fined 75% of his match fee, after he admitted interfering with the ball during the third test against south africa.
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the international cricket council have released a statement, saying: this report now from our correspondent in sydney, phil mercer. play has resumed in cape town with australia fighting to avoid defeat in the third test, but off the field some of its players are battling to save their careers. they've been caught cheating and back home, the nation is reeling with shock and embarrassment. just how cameron bancroft thought he could get away with tampering with the ball, using sticky tape and dirt, in front of dozens of tv cameras, is unclear. i saw an opportunity to potentially use some tape,
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get some granules from the rough patches on the wicket, and try to, i guess, change the ball condition. his captain, steve smith, who was part of the conspiracy, has agreed to stand down for the remainder of the match along with his deputy david warner. i'm not proud of what's happened. you know, it's not within the spirit of the game. my integrity, the team's integrity... both men will continue to play under an interim skipper. there is, though, mounting pressure for smith to quit. cricket australia, the governing body, is sending two senior officials to south africa to investigate the scandal. the prime minister, malcolm turnbull, said he shared his country's disappointment. it seemed completely beyond belief that the australian cricket team had been involved in cheating. after all, our cricketers
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are role models, and cricket is synonymous with fair play. 0n social media, there was more disbelief and anger. the former australian skipper michael clarke hoped it was alljust a bad dream, while other retired players said the game had taken a devastating blow. tampering with the ball using so—called foreign objects is strictly prohibited in cricket. there are legal ways to alter the condition of one side of the ball to help it swing or move unpredictably through the air. in this case, australia has crossed the line. cricket is australia's national sport, and many fans could well be asking themselves one simple yet searching question of steve smith and some of his team—mates — just what were they thinking? phil mercer, bbc news, sydney. well, amid the controversy,
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the third test between south africa and australia continues in cape town. aussie fans mixed with home supporters at the iconic newlands ground. as both sides digested the significance of yesterday's events — this is what some fans had to say. disappointed with the whole thing. the captain standing down was the only thing he could do. there are a lot of young and aspiring cricketers watching the game and i think it's bad for the sport. and i personally think they did it because they felt the pressure. i'm one person who's not waving the flag today because of the unsportsmanlike behaviour carried out by our team yesterday. it's a bit of a personal protest. they never even really admitted that they cheated, they just said that they thought they saw an advantage. it's a bad example for kids and it's just a terrible thing to do. the former catalan president, carles puidgemont, has been arrested in germany.
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his lawyer says he was detained when he crossed the borderfrom denmark. mr puidgemont fled to belgium following a banned independence referendum in the catalan city of barcelona last october. a warrant was issued by the spanish authorities for his arrest across europe on friday. 0ur correspondent damian mcguinness is following the story for us. he was attending a conference in finland this week. he arrived there on thursday. while he was there, spanish authorities reissued this european arrest warrant which they had originally issued a few months ago and then cancelled. it has now been reissued, and that meant that while he was in transit from finland back to belgium, where mr puigdemont was living in self—imposed exile, he was then arrested as he was crossing the border from denmark into germany via germany back on his way to brussels. so now he is being held by german police. he has been detained by german police in a small town in northern germany. his lawyers say it's not clear how
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long he will be held there, but that is the next stage where we are waiting to find out. it depends what the conditions are for this international arrest warrant, whether he will then have to be sent back to spain or to brussels, where he was originally living. so that's all unclear right now. what is clear is that these charges are very serious because he's being accused of sedition and rebellion, because of course, madrid views this catalan independence referendum as illegal. that means that if he is found guilty, he could face up to 25 or 30 years in prison, so they're very serious charges indeed. the government says it's creating more than 3,000 training places on midwifery courses in england over the next 4 years. it says it's the "largest ever" increase in the number of nhs midwives and maternity staff. but there are concerns that this may not be enough to solve acute staffing problems — as our health correspondent, catherine burns reports. currently, women can see
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several different midwives during their pregnancy, but the department of health and social care wants to change that. it's pledging that by 2021, most women will have a named midwife throughout. that continuity is expected to be safer for mothers and babies. so the government is planning a 25% increase in training places, starting with 650 extra places next year. if we are going to have what we call the continuity of carer, the same team of midwives, we think that could potentially save 700 babies' lives every year and potentially prevent 500 babies being born with brain damage, but it needs more midwives. until last year, training midwives and nurses in england got a bursary. that was scrapped last summer, so they now have to pay tuition fees like other students. if you try to deliver continuity of carer without sufficient midwives, all you get is burnt out midwives, so we do need these numbers, and that is why we welcome these extra 3,000. it will take a while for those numbers to come through. there already aren't enough nhs midwives in england.
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estimates put the shortfall ataround 3,500. over the last five years, the number of midwives leaving or retiring has outstripped the numbers of newly qualified joiners. the government has announced a new pay deal for nhs staff in england, with an increase of at least 6.5% over three years. that may go some way towards dealing with staffing issues but unless the nhs gets better at keeping staff, the extra training places may only have a limited impact. catherine burns, bbc news. a 14—year—old girl is in a "serious but stable" condition in hospital after a group of youths were run down by a car on a pavement in glasgow. police say the silver vauxhall astra with two men in it was driven deliberately at the youngsters. the car failed to stop. detectives are treating the attack in castlemilk yesterday afternoon as attempted murder. two other girls and two boys were treated for minor
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injuries at the scene. the foreign secretary, boris johnson, has dismissed allegations of cheating by the leave campaign during the eu referendum as "utterly ludicrous". in interviews with channel 4 news and the observer, a volunteer for vote leave has accused the official brexit campaign of breaching electoral spending limits. vote leave has denied this. 0ur political correspondent susanna mendonca explained the nature of the allegations. vote leave, as the official leave campaign, got to spend up to £7 million. if you were one of the smaller campaign groups, you could spend up to £700,000. the allegation from this former vote leave volunteer, shahmir sanni, is that vote leave spent more than it should have done, and it did so by using a smaller campaign group in order to spend more money. so vote leave gave £625,000 to a group called beleave, which was a youth campaign promoting
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brexit. that is legitimate. that wouldn't have been against the rules. but what this former volunteer is saying is that beleave was not an independent campaign group, that the money that was given to it was spent with a company that was used by vote leave in order to do digital advertising. if that were the case, that would be against the rules, but vote leave and beleave have both denied that. and borisjohnson was of course at the forefront of the leave campaign, and he has been talking about this. boris johnson tweeted in response and described this as completely ludicrous. he said vote leave won the referendum fair and square. we've also heard from others who have been critical about this like tom watson from the labour party, who has said that theresa may, the prime minister, needs to make sure that the electoral commission has all of the resources it needs to fully investigate this issue. the police could potentially be called in if needs be. is that investigation going to happen?
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the electoral commission is investigating. it has investigated the leave campaign twice last year and found no evidence against them. they are now investigating a number of different allegations. and on this specific claim? the electoral commission would not tell us whether they were investigating this specific claim, but we know that mr sanni has given his evidence to the electoral commission and we understand that tomorrow at some point, he will be revealing his evidence. so far, we don't know what it is. and also news about the conservative mp dan poulter. people might remember that in the autumn, there were a number of conservative mps accused of inappropriately touching women or behaving inappropriately towards women. dan poulter was one of those who was accused. he vehemently denied it, but he was accused by andrew bridgen, a fellow mp, that women had complained
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about being treated inappropriately by dan poulter. the conservative party have said that the investigation into this was thorough and impartial and chaired by an independent qc and that there was insufficient evidence to support the complaint, so he has been cleared of that by the conservative party. well, a reminder that this coming thursday marks one the uk leaves the eu and throughout the week, we will be putting your questions to a range of experts. a memorial mass has been held in the french town of trebes to remember the four people killed
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by a jihadist gunman on friday. the church service was led by the bishop of carcassonne. a police officer who swapped places with a hostage at the supermarket siege will also be honoured in a separate national memorial in paris in the coming days. 0ur correspondent in france, hugh schofield, said the service had been especially poignant. this was a very moving service. it was palm sunday mass, of course. it wasn't a special memorial service, it was the regular sunday mass and palm sunday mass, the start of holy week for catholics here, which does add a kind of poignancy, given that the central message of christianity is the sacrifice of the son of god, and the sacrifice of arnaud beltrame evoked that. that was certainly the view of the bishop of carcassonne who presided over the mass and made reference to this idea of sacrifice, the christian sacrifice. arnaud beltrame, let it not be forgotten, was a practising catholic and this was certainly brought out in the mass, though of course, the other three people who died were remembered as well.
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they were a retired wine grower, a retired builder and the supermarket butcher. so a very poignant moment, to be followed later this week by a national act of homage to arnaud beltrame. a suicide car bomber has blown himself up near the somali parliament in mogadishu. police say the number of casualties is unclear, but at least one person has been killed. the militant group al shabaab carries out frequent attacks in the somali capital, and claimed responsibility for a bomb last week near a hotel which killed 14 people. the headlines on bbc news: the australia cricket captain steve smith has been banned for one match by cricket's ruling body — the icc — over the ball tampering scandal. the australian prime minister has said he's furious at the revelations. catalonia's former president carles puigdemont is arrested in germany after crossing
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the borderfrom denmark. an extra 3,000 midwives are to be trained in england — to ease staff shortages and improve care. sport now...and for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre, here's lizzie greenwood—hughes (0s) australia's captain steve smith has been banned for one match and find his entire match fee by the icc for his entire match fee by the icc for his part in the ball tampering incident in the third test against south africa. smith, who has given up south africa. smith, who has given up the captaincy for the remainder of the match in cape town, faced a hostile reception as he took to the field. loud boos could be heard around the stadium. yesterday smith admitted colluding with his players including cameron bancroft to alter the ball. both players later apologised. earlier‘s the ball. both players later apologised. ea rlier‘s prime the ball. both players later apologised. earlier‘s prime minister malcolm turnbull says he is shocked and disappointed. here is what the
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bbc‘s cricket correspondent had to say. the australians i have been speaking to our devastated. they feel utterly let down by the way their team has behaved. they don't like cheats, and their captain has admitted that he has. so it's important now for cricket australia to rebuild that trust. there will be a new captain, i'm sure, maybe some new players. but overall, cricket australia should look at the way their players and their team play their players and their team play the game of cricket. most people in the game of cricket. most people in the rest of the cricket world don't like it. elsewhere, england captainjoe root was dismissed for the last ball of the day to leave england trailing new zealand by 237 runs going into the final day of the first test in auckland. after declaring on 427—8, the home side got alastair cook out early in england's second innings the just two runs. early in england's second innings thejust two runs. mark early in england's second innings the just two runs. mark stoneman reached his fourth test half—century with six off neil wegner, but he was out next ball, caught by trent boult. joe root also reached 50, but
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shortly after took a nasty hit of the glove and had to receive treatment. he was dismissed the next ball, leaving england on i32—3 at the close. they must bat out the final day for a draw. in contrast, england's women are flying. danielle wyatt hit a brilliant century as they beat india in the 3020 match of the tri— series in mumbai. what becomes only the second woman to sport 2t20 international hundreds, helping england reach their target with eight balls to spare. formula i is back, but the opening grand prix ended with a bitter blow of lewis hamilton, who had to settle for second in melbourne after ferrari's sebastian vettel had a lucky break and overtook him. hamilton had started on pole for the opening race this season with a good start ahead of ferrari's kimi raikkonen and sebastian vettel. but
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on the 25th lap after a miss calculation by mercedes and a safety car, calculation by mercedes and a safety ca r, vettel calculation by mercedes and a safety car, vettel was calculation by mercedes and a safety ca r, vettel was allowed calculation by mercedes and a safety car, vettel was allowed to make his pit stop and took the lead. the german then held uncomfortably to claim his 48th formula i victory with hamilton second and raikkonen in third. that's all the sport for now. more at 5.30. figures on childcare funding are "misleading and out of date", according to members of the treasury select committee looking at the government's flagship policy to provide 30 hours a week of free childcare for three and four—year—olds in england. mps called for more money to be paid to childcare providers because they say a shortfall in funding is affecting the quality of the service available. caroline davies reports. childcare can be expensive. last year, the government promised some working parents in england more of it for free, but according to mps on the treasury committee, childcare providers are not being paid enough and that's costing parents money. if you're an eligible
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working parent in england, you can get 30 hours of free childcare a week for your three or four—year—old. the government pays childcare providers 34p per child per hour less than it costs on average to look after them. this means they have to find the money elsewhere, sometimes charging parents for activities, food, or charging more for children aged under three. the mps behind the report say changes need to happen if the policy is to be a success. this is what it costs and if the national government is interested and keen to make this policy work, they should make sure that the cost is borne by national government. the treasury says it is already spending more than ever before on childcare, but it will consider the recommendations. caroline davies, bbc news. facebook‘s chief executive, mark zuckerberg, has apologised to british users of the site in today's newspapers, over the what the firm calls a "breach of trust" following the leak of millions
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of people's data in 2014. zuckerberg said an app built by a university researcher in cambridge that took the data was not dealt with at the time and for that, he was sorry. the world's largest social media network is facing growing scrutiny in europe and the us over the breach. the first scheduled non—stop flight between australia and europe landed this morning in london. the boeing dreamliner tookjust over 17 hours to complete its fourteen—and—a—half—thousand kilometrejourney from perth. the head of qantas described the service as a "game—changing route". 0ur correspondent simon clemison was at heathrow as passengers arrived. it may seem small, but on those departure boards, it will say perth, and in perth, it's been saying london. if you've been on this route, you will know that normally, you have to set off for singapore or dubai or somewhere and stop over, a far cry from what it was ain1947, when this kangaroo route involved seven hops.
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you would have to come through cairo, calcutta, singapore, lots of places on the route, but overnight, they did it in one leap. the kangaroo route made it here in one go after 17 hours. it set off about 6:50 local time in perth, made it here just before dawn this morning. we caught up with some of the passengers as they came through the gate. it was the best flight we've ever had from australia. absolutely the best. we feel fresh as daisies. yeah. to be fair, the whole thing just flew by. fell asleep over the caicos islands and woke up over dubai and then you are almost home, then. really good, yeah. it's made a big difference going all the way through non—stop. a new design has made all this possible, not least because of the efficiency of the aircraft so that it can make it here with the fuel that it's carrying. it's not the first time it has ever been done. in fact, decades ago, there was a flight which took off
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from london and went to sydney direct, but it did not carry very many people at all, it was not a commercial flight. this is the first direct commercial flight, the first regular service between london and perth. we've been hearing from journalists from perth saying to me today that actually, this is big for them as well because it means they will be on the map. they will be the first part of the country people will fly into as they go into australia, so a big day here. what is interesting now in the next few hours is that the plane that has come in is being turned around. they will be getting back on it and they will be taking that 17—hour journey right back to perth. a new series of paintings by damien hirst is going on show at houghton hall in norfolk. it's the first time they will be shown to the public. the exhibition also includes hirst sculptures installed throughout the 18th—century house and gardens. alex dunlop reports. home of our first prime minister, 300—year—old houghton hall seems, at first glance, an unlikely backdrop for the shock of the new. but one of the country's most
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controversial artists reckons this hall and his work are a natural fit. i think they work really well. i mean, i love seeing things out of context, or in a different context. famous for making a massive fortune, pickled sharks and a diamond—encrusted skull, damien hirst dominated the art scene in the 1990s. now he's taken over the spectacular state rooms of this norfolk country estate. gone are the old master paintings, replaced by 46 canvases of spots. we have a new series of paintings by damien hirst. the first spot paintings he made were very similar to this. they were painted freehand. how do you think they work in this room? well, it was a bit of a gamble, i admit it, but certainly both damien and i are very happy with the results. next door, a hairdryer keeps
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a ping—pong ball afloat. two more, like eyeballs, float above a skull, and these hirst sculptures could assault all the senses. it's all about chance. and of course, the lottery is entirely about chance. very noisy! yes, very noisy. 0utside, some of damien hirst‘s best—known and most striking sculptures sit in the parkland, from the classical to the frankly surreal. it looks so great, doesn't it? when i got here, i wasjust going to do the paintings, but when we had a walk around the grounds, you just think it would be a shame not to have a little journey around the gardens with some sculptures as well. so the whole thing makes sense. it's not really a gamble, because the architecture's so amazing. put anything here, and it looks really good. i don't know how they got this massive sculpture here in one piece, but i'm told they did. it's called the virgin mother, an exposing, an unwrapping, if you like, of the human form. and love it or loathe it, well,
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you certainly can't ignore it. it's a beautiful site for paintings and sculpture. happy man? who, me or him? no, you! yeah, i am very happy, yeah. after just an hour, damien hirst, not your average struggling artist, was gone. his paintings and sculptures will make their home in this corner of norfolk for the next four months. alex dunlop, bbc news. lucy martin has the weather. hello there. many of us kicking off british summertime with some sunshine and in the sunshine, it has felt quite springlike. this photo was sent in earlier by a weather watcher in aberdeenshire, plenty of blue skies here and those blue skies gradually spread south—east through the day, where it started a bit more cloudy in the south and east before brightening up. this photo sent in by a weather watcher in kent, some cloud lingering through the day.
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showers in the north and west die out through this evening and we will see plenty of clear spells overnight, meaning we are in for a chilly night, temperatures falling away, a widespread frost developing for many of us and a few patches of mist and fog in the west. temperatures overnight in towns and cities — it will be colder in rural areas. starting the week, milder temperatures. when the sun comes up, we will see temperatures creeping into double figures, but it will turn colder through the week, from the north the area of low pressure moving in from the west and starting to drag in colder air initially into the north but it will gradually move across the british isles. so, a cold and bright start to the day on monday, any patches of mist and fog lifting, turning cloudier from the west gradually, with spells of rain moving into northern ireland, south—west scotland, wales and the south—west of england. brighter in the east, south—east scotland and parts of east anglia holding on to the brightness for the longest, temperatures at a maximum of 13 celsius. as we move into tuesday, overnight we will see a spell of rain, this area of low pressure works its way in from the west and then it grinds to a halt, starting to pivot slightly,
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so on tuesday there will be spells of rain and in scotland it could fall as snow over the high ground, any brightness i think for the south—west of england, temperatures at a maximum of 13 celsius, starting to turn colder in the north. the rain is still with us on wednesday, so continuing to see spells of rain on wednesday, could fall as snow on the hills of scotland and northern england. still some showers across england and wales, some of which could be heavy with some hail mixed in. temperatures in the south sticking with double figures, but starting to turn colder, a maximum of 4—10dc. as we move towards easter, we will start to lose that springlike feel and it will turn colder. there will be rain at times and it could fall as snow for the high ground in the north. some drier interludes as well. this is bbc news — our latest headlines: the australia cricket captain steve smith has been banned for one
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match by cricket's ruling body — the icc — over the ball tampering scandal. the australian prime minister has said he's furious at the revelations. it seemed completely beyond belief that the australian cricket team had been involved in cheating. after all, our cricketers are role models. catalonia's former president carles puigdemont has been arrested in germany after crossing the borderfrom denmark. german authorities said his arrest was based on a european warrant. mr puigdemont is wanted in spain for sedition. 3,000 extra midwives are to be trained over the next four years in the largest—ever increase of maternity staff in england. the plans will also see expectant mothers treated by the same midwives throughout their pregnancy. now on bbc news
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70 years on, we investigate new evidence in the case of the porthole mystery. this is bbc home service...


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